Who We Lost: A Portable Covid Memorial

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Price
$18.95  $17.62
Publisher
Belt Publishing
Publish Date
Pages
207
Dimensions
4.9 X 6.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781953368539

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About the Author
Martha Greenwald is the founding director and curator of The WhoWeLost Project, and editor of Who We Lost: Writing to Remember the Pandemic. Her book, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Series. She is the winner of the 2020 Yeats Prize. Her work has appeared in many journals including New World Writing, The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, and Best New Poets. She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded fellowships from the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writer's Conferences, Yaddo, and elsewhere. A New Jersey native, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
Reviews
"Poignant and practical . . . a wonderful resource for those seeking an outlet for their grief." --Publishers Weekly"The collection, with many hopeful notes among its heartbreaking ones, should serve to connect readers who might feel alone in their losses and may inspire others to join the project." --Margaret Quamme, Booklist
"Who We Lost is a contemporary document in the ancient, ceremonious, vernacular tradition that links grief and language, in ordinary details: A recipe for pork shoulder. An electric scooter. Intubations and respirators. A specific tune, a specific ice cream shop. Death at home, in a hospital, on Zoom. In the words of an old lyric, it is a precious jewel to be plain. That is what the writers here do for our contemporary disaster of the Covid pandemic: on a personal scale, they make it plain." --Robert Pinsky

"As this country struggles to grapple with the depth of the pandemic's devastation, Martha Greenwald and her storytellers open up the sacred spaces of memory, inviting us to consider how tenderness and joy live alongside unrelenting grief. This is a book that exhorts us to witness and shelter the lived experience of pandemic death, and to join in the effort to memorialize through storytelling. In reading those stories we listen, and in listening we remember." --Sarah Wagner, professor of anthropology, George Washington University

"The stories collected here, contributed through an ingenious public memorial project, are the ones we all know--beleaguered care workers, grieving families, awestruck friends. It's all of us trying to make sense of the incomprehensible things that really happened in the first two years of the pandemic. Our duty to remember is personal, but it is also collective. Memory is a gift from the past to the future. This volume deserves to be given." --Scott Gabriel Knowles, disaster historian and creator of covid-calls.com